All That Glitters

How to Avoid Being Swindled – Part Deux

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This is sort of a part two of an article I wrote a year ago regarding the wonderful world of jewelry scams, as well as some hard knock personal experiences and advice on how to avoid getting bitten by one. Ah! The cruising vacation. It’s the excitement of being on the open seas — ... Read More »

It’s Just Another Summer Day

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah, the glamorous daily life of a goldsmith! It dawned on me after what should have been a slow month was in fact uncannily busy. A kind of nothing seems to get accomplished busy. The day usually begins around 9 AM, when I usually encounter a single person or small crowd milling around the ... Read More »

Thrill Her

All That Glitters Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m not sure if is part of our sixth senses or if it is an additional one. Being thrilled is a feeling we have all experienced at one time or another in our lives, maybe more so when we were younger. Remember the feeling you experienced on a Christmas past when you got that ... Read More »

Some Things Should Just Stay Broken

ALL THAT  GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I fix this, repair that. A solder here, a laser weld there, and lately the use of quick set epoxy glue and enamels have their merits. You already know if you enjoy or dread reading my column that I have acquired an excellent reputation repairing or restoring almost any piece of jewelry that enters ... Read More »

Keeping Old Traditions Alive

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently celebrated my 60th birthday. (Wow! Where did the years go, though I’ve been told I’m still a puppy by Marco standards!) Enough said about that. From now on, I stop celebrating every year. Traditions involving jewelry are a subject I still remember. I may be a baby boomer from the 1950s, but ... Read More »

Drama-less Jewelry Inspections

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s something most people rarely think about… the present condition of your fine jewelry; and that can include that expensive watch you have been wearing nonstop for a couple of decades or so. I am the first stop when something goes terribly wrong. For example, the loss of the important and highly cherished center ... Read More »

Change: It’s a Way of Life?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Change is supposed to be good, but for many, even the suggestion of change can be downright traumatic for them. Change has been my way of life since I read that seemingly silly book “Who moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. You can read the whole book in about an hour, but what you ... Read More »

Shoulda Woulda Auwtah Coulda

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Yes, my title is a true massacre of the King’s language, but no other words I can think of can better describe the topic of this column. Most everyone has experienced a missed opportunity or, in extreme cases, like waiting for your ship to come in while sitting at the regional airport. Lots of ... Read More »

9-55-3-7-5

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net These are the winning numbers to the quest of the $10,000 Green Marco Diamond Ring. A blindfolded drawing consisting of 40 chart holders in the lottery pick with the correct co-ordinate numbers was held, and only one was chosen. The lucky winner of the Green Diamond Ring was Ms. Darlene Canton of Marco Island. ... Read More »

Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I believe it’s a verse from a Paul Simon song, and it’s something that can occasionally occur by accident in a jewelry shop that happens to work with really tiny diamonds. It can happen. Crazy you say? I guarantee shoe soles and heels impregnated with industrial diamonds would last darn near a life time or ... Read More »

Diamonds are Still a Girl’s Best Friend

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net A remarkable comeback is underway, and that is a renewed desire for nice diamond jewelry. I’m not talking about the blasé quality stuff (a nice way to say it) offered to the public for the past six years or so, but a true emergence of quality and fineness. I admit I’m guilty. For reasons of ... Read More »

To be or not to be… Enhanced

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their ... Read More »

The Quest for the Marco Green Diamond Ring

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Want to have some fun and intrigue? While experiencing a rare idle moment, I came up with the idea of why not give something valuable away for free to generate (instigate) some controversy, get people talking, and who knows, I’ll also get some new faces and former faces I have not seen in the ... Read More »

Web…site unseen

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Billions and billions of dollars are spent by folks using the internet, and there is no doubt a good percentage of that dough is generated right here in my household between my wife’s tennis addiction that involves ordering tennis shoes and trendy outfits that match the shoes let a lone the latest rackets and accessories. ... Read More »

Buyer’s Remorse 101

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I heard the term “buyer’s remorse” the other day, and it is not a subject most care to discuss especially when they have experienced it first hand. Being an appraiser of diamonds and fine jewelry for more than 35 years, lets just say I can unleash the unpleasant emotion more often than I care to ... Read More »

The Pleasure of Sea Life Jewelry

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I love the quote “if you’ve got it flaunt it,” and that holds true for those of us who live here in paradise either full or part time. Besides being truly fortunate, I think we also are smarter than the average bear; I still have lots of friends who tell me over and over ... Read More »

A Goldsmith’s Tales of Christmas past

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net While working yet another long day and burning many evenings worth of midnight oil in my workshop with my 21-year-old son, Andrew, I tried to ignore hearing his complaints about working late. I came to the realization that this was to be my 44th Christmas season in this crazy business. If he only knew ... Read More »

Painfully Cheap Isn’t Frugal

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I know what you’re thinking, here goes Richard again, ranting about people who enter his jewelry store. Notice I said people, not customers. I love my regular customers; I have even begun rewarding the faithful with special V.I.P. card memberships to offer them sincere savings, perks and freebees for their patronage during these tough years. ... Read More »

November’s Birthstone: A Cornucopia of Color

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net November is a great month for birthstones. It’s a virtual “pick a color – any color!” Topaz is an old Greek name for Topazios, an island located in the Red Sea. Which, in fact, was actually an ancient source for peridot – the ancients confused it with topaz. Today, citrine is almost always confused with ... Read More »

In gold we trust?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net In gold we trust? Don’t get the wrong impression; I’m not about to give you a stock market tip that will change your life forever. But recently something very strange has been going on. Gold has begun to fall out of favor from the very souls who caused it to soar to unimaginable costs in ... Read More »